March 21st is a big day for cult film fans, not to mention all you RoboCop enthusiasts out there, as Tuesday has a variety of horror and sci-fi offerings that you’ll undoubtedly want to add to your home entertainment collections. Scream Factory is releasing a pair of amazing Collector's Edition Blu-rays for RoboCop 2 and RoboCop 3, and Kino Lorber is keeping busy with a trio of HD releases, too: Chamber of Horrors, Invisible Ghost, and A Game of Death.
Other notable titles making their way home on March 21st include Wolf Creek: Season One, Eloise, John Waters’ Multiple Maniacs, and Frankenstein Created Bikers.
Chamber of Horrors (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray & DVD)
Newly Mastered in HD! Chamber of Horrors was based on the classic novel, The Door with Seven Locks by Edgar Wallace (King Kong, The Terror) - it was the second Wallace adaptation brought to the States by Monogram Pictures. Dr. Manetta (Leslie Banks, The Most Dangerous Game) holds one of the seven keys that will open the crypt of Lord Selford, who was entombed with a fortune in jewels. Before long, the other six key holders start turning up dead... is the doctor the killer or just the next victim? Chamber of Horrors drips with atmosphere, adding all the classic The Old Dark House trappings fog, chambers, corridors, rats, coffins and more. Norman Lee (The Monkey s Paw) directed this old-fashioned murder mystery co-starring the beautiful Lilli Palmer (The House That Screamed).
Special Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historian David Del Valle and Filmmaker Kenneth J. Hall | Trailers
Evolution (Scream Factory/IFC Midnight, Blu/DVD Combo)
This eerily seductive mind-bender is a dark, dreamlike descent into the depths of the unknown. Ten-year-old Nicolas (Max Brebant) lives in a remote seaside village populated only by boys his age and adult women. But when he makes a disturbing discovery beneath the ocean waves (a dead boy with a red starfish on his stomach) Nicolas begins to question everything about his existence. What are the half-remembered images he recalls, as if from another life? If the woman he lives with is not his mother, then who is she? And what awaits the boys when they are all suddenly confined to a hospital? The long-awaited new film from the acclaimed director of Innocence is awash in the haunting, otherworldly images of a nightmare.
Invisible Ghost (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray)
Newly Mastered in HD! The great Joseph H. Lewis (Gun Crazy, My Name is Julia Ross) directed this classic Monogram horror film about a man who unknowingly carries out a series of grisly murders while under the power of his insane and domineering wife (Betty Compson, The Docks of New York). Horror legend Bela Lugosi (Dracula, Chandu the Magician) stars in this dark Jekyll & Hyde tale as a kindly doctor whose thought-to-be-dead wife hypnotizes him, turning him into an unwitting homicidal killer. This was the first and the best of nine Monogram Pictures made by producer Sam Katzman (Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, It Came from Beneath the Sea) co-starring Polly Ann Young (The Man From Utah) and Clarence Muse (The Black Stallion).
Special Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historians Tom Weaver, Gary Rhodes and Dr. Robert J. Kiss | Trailers
RoboCop 2 Collector’s Edition (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
RoboCop returns to fight his toughest opponent yet: his replacement! RoboCop 2 pits two unstoppable cyborgs against each other in a battle to the death! When Detroit’s decent into chaos is further compounded by a police department strike and a new designer drug called "Nuke", only RoboCop can stop the mayhem. But in his way are an evil corporation that profits from Motor City crime and a bigger and tougher cyborg with a deadly directive: Take out RoboCop. Containing the latest gadgetry and weaponry as well as the mind of the madman who designed "Nuke", this new cyborg isn’t just more sophisticated than his predecessor... he’s psychotic and out of control! And it’s going to take everything RoboCop has (maybe even his life) to save Detroit from complete and utter anarchy.
RoboCop 3 Collector’s Edition (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
He’s Back… To Lay Down the Law! It’s Megacop vs. Megacorp when Detroit’s cyborg crime-fighter hits the streets to protect the innocent: this time from corporate greed!
When the ruthless corporation that runs Motor City begins kicking families out of their homes to clear space for a profitable new real estate project, RoboCop (Robert John Burke, 2 Guns, Limitless) joins with a renegade band of freedom fighters to save them. But RoboCop must face some deadly foes, including a lethally efficient android and a dangerous gang of thugs. RoboCop’s latest arsenal of high-tech weaponry only somewhat evens the battlefield, as this lone superhero takes on the entire army of corporate militia in an all-out war to control Detroit! This last film in the trilogy is directed by cult filmmaker Fred Dekker (The Monster Squad, Night of the Creeps).
Teen Witch (Kino Lorber and Scorpion Releasing, Blu-ray)
Fall Under Her Spell! Romance is the most powerful spell of all...or so one teenager learns in this fun teen fantasy starring Robyn Lively (Chicago Hope), Zelda Rubinstein (the Poltergeist trilogy), Dan Gauthier (Beverly Hills, 90210) and Dick Sargent (Bewitched). Filled with sweet-natured comedy and supernatural appeal, Teen Witch will work its magic on you! Louise (Lively) is a shy misfit with a huge crush on - and no chance of dating - Brad (Gauthier), the hunky star of the high school football team. And when Louise discovers on her 16th birthday that she's descended from Salem witches, she uses her newfound powers to become the most popular girl on campus! But when sparks fly between her and Brad, how can she be sure it's true love-and that he's not simply spellbound?
Special Features: Interview with Cast Members, Including Teen Witch Herself, Robyn Lively | Original Theatrical Trailer
ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:
Death Passage (Breaking Glass Pictures, DVD)
Eloise (Lionsgate, DVD)
Frankenstein Created Bikers (Big World Pictures, Blu-ray)
A Game of Death (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray)
John Waters’ Multiple Maniacs (Criterion/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Blu-ray)
Nightmare Wedding (The Asylum, DVD)
The Quiet Hour (Monarch Home Entertainment, DVD)
Whispers (MTI Home Video, DVD)
Wolf Creek: Season One (Lionsgate, DVD)